Cushing Schedules Visits; Expects UofL In-home

With his season now complete, 5-star linebacker prospect Brian Cushing has seen an increase of recruiting activity.

Fresh off his 186-yard rushing and 15 tackles, 3 sack performance in a 14-13 State Championship victory over rival Don Bosco, 5-star linebacker Brian Cushing of Bergen Catholic has had a busy phone and home as coaches start making their best sales pitches.

"It's getting crazy right now," Cushing said of the increased interest. "It's totally what I expected though because most of the coaches let me finish out my season, but now it's on."

With more than 40 scholarship offers, Cushing is getting attention from many of the nation's top programs, but the 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect has already set up three of his five official visits.

"Well, I have the one set for Louisville already and I just set ones up with Virginia (1/21) and Miami (1/28)," explained Cushing.

Notre Dame is another school that appeared high on his list last week, but the surprise firing of Ty Willingham has Cushing rethinking his interest in the Irish.

"That's changed it a lot," Cushing said. "I really liked Coach Ty and that surprised me. I was upset with Notre Dame for doing that. When I went there for a [unofficial] visit, their athletic director told me that Coach Ty was going to be there awhile. I'm not going to take one of [official] visits there now. There is still time for them to get back into it, but I don't know how that will go, but I'm not taking them completely off my list."

On Tuesday, Cushing expects to receive an in-home visit from the Louisville coach's.

"I know Coach Wolthausen is coming and I think Coach Petrino is coming, which would be cool," said Cushing. "I'm looking forward to it and it will be good to talk in person. I want to ask Coach Petrino face-to-face that if I come there if he'll be my coach. He's told me on the phone, but it's different in person."

The U.S. Army All-American will make his official visit to Louisville the weekend of December 17th, along with fellow New Jersey prospects Darius Mann, Brian Roche and Corey Wootten. The group will be in attendance at Freedom Hall for the basketball game between the Cardinals and Wildcats.

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